Sri Lanka at Gold Coast Games 2018

Channel 7 host Johanna Griggs is angry at the way athletes were treated at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony and

Congratulating India's contingent at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the competitors will motivate more youngsters to pursue sports.

"I didn't even hear the closing ceremony was what it was this morning when I got here".

"I knew in my heart that I'd won the fight but when they said split decision it made me a little bit nervous", she said.

The decision by organisers to leave the athletes' entry to Carrara Stadium out of the broadcast meant viewers missed seeing wheelchair racing gold medallist Kurt Fearnley carrying the Australian flag.

He added that athletes who represented India at the Games inspire people.

With the Outdoor Track Season expected to kick off in May, most elite athletes were notably absent in Gold Coast. India's haul of 66 medals (26 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze) in 15 disciplines is its third best showing in the history of the Games, following New Delhi 2010 (101 medals) and Manchester 2002 (69).

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) was the largest sporting event Australia saw this decade and the biggest sporting spectacular the Gold Coast has ever seen.

"I had told Ronak (husband, coach and former shooter, Ronak Pandit) that I should invest more time in air pistol as that was always my strong point, not sports pistol".

Many athletes appeared to show little interest in the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony
GETTY IMAGES Many athletes appeared to show little interest in the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony

Otherwise, it was yet another superb show from the Indians, with at least a gold medal assured as World No.3 Sindhu will meet seasoned compatriot and World No.12 Saina in an all-Indian women's singles final on Sunday.

However, there was also a series of protests by indigenous activists who dubbed them the "Stolenwealth Games", a reference to Britain's colonization of Australia.

Asked about the image of the Games as a relic from bygone times, Martin told AFP: "Those who come from that era still think of it like that but now where we are in the modern Commonwealth, we are moving forward and we're embracing everybody".

Two of either an unsportsmanlike or technical foul lead to an automatic ejection for the game.

Griggs and Holmes were both part of Seven's Sydney Olympic Games coverage in 2000. "And they were inspirational".

The Indian campaign marked several firsts as well, the notable being the maiden triumph registered in the mixed team event of badminton, the golden double in table tennis team events - which marked the end of Singapore's long reign at the top. And para events were intertwined with able-bodied.

"Having received such a positive response to the Opening Ceremony on the Gold Coast earlier this month, we share GOLDOC'S disappointment at the level of criticism targeted at specific aspects of last night's ceremony", she said. They first lost 22-20, 18-21, 16-21 to England's Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith in the semi-final.

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